Of course you know what my answer will be. It was predictable that the death of a girl shortly after receiving an HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer would attract the immoral agents of the anti-vaccine movement. Like zombies to brains, they descend on the tragedy, ready to consume it and gain strength. And just as zombies will eat anything cerebral, even Dana Ullman’s brains, the fact that the vaccine didn’t cause the death won’t slow them down a bit. (Have I finished straining the zombie analogy? Maybe…)
The media certainly loves this story. What could be better than a poor, innocent young girl dying from a shot given to allow her to engage in immoral behavior and avoid God’s judgment? Or something like that. Here’s what the Philadelphia Enquirer said:
HPV Vaccine Death Raises Wider Issue
Whoa! Stop right there! “HPV vaccine death?” Are you sure about that? What about “she wore a pink shirt that day death?” Morons.
The death of a 14-year-old British girl hours after she received the Cervarix vaccine that protects against human papilloma virus, the virus that causes cervical cancer, shows how difficult it can be to assess the risk of vaccines. The problem is especially timely now because of widespread fears about the supposedly untested vaccine against the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus.
Arghh! Not only are they incorrectly and immorally exploiting a tragedy, they are trying to extend the fear to the swine flu vaccine. How horrid. Well, they go on to try to correct some misconceptions about the flu shot, but they can’t keep their ghoulish claws off this poor British girl:
As for the British girl, it’s possible she died from an adverse reaction to Cervarix.
It’s also possible she died from the malignant tumor growing in her chest, as the pathologist found. Undoing the damage of articles like this isn’t always possible, even with a follow up correction piece. They should be ashamed.